Category Archives: Yvonne Woon
So a little while ago both me and Dayna posted our review of Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon. We loved the book so much we decided to hosted a giveaway to celebrate the opening of our blog by giving away two copies!
So earlier today I was on Twitter and I was speaking to @DarkReaders and they told me about a video they made of 2 scenes from the book. I just had to share this video because its amazing and it was very accurate of how I envisioned the scenes to be. So with the their permission here is the video for you to see!
You can also check out our reviews here
The girls at SLoFL received a copy of this book from the publisher. This sat on my desk for a few weeks before I picked it up. I kept staring at the cover thinking, what could it be about? I absolutely loved the cover! Second thing I loved about it before I read it was how the chapters were named! Not many books do this anymore and I miss it. The chapters kind of give you “This is what this chapter is about, can you guess”.
I think from the 3rd page I was instantly hooked. I could never imagine the pain Renée went through. I instantly liked Renée. I can normally kind of sense what way a book is going after the first few chapters but with this one I couldn’t. I just wanted to know more!
I saw the school bit coming, the name Gottfried Academy kind of gave it away a bit like Hogwarts! lol I giggled a lot through her arrival at the school, especially when her grandfather said the academy will give her a “Classical Education” I heard myself saying yeah right!
The descriptions of everything in this book were phenomenal. I literally didn’t have to close my eyes and imagine to be there. The picture was already in front of my eyes with each word I read. The descriptions of the architecture, the Latin language and greek mythology was amazing! A lot of research would have been needed as I believed every word of it!
The only way I can describe this book is by saying a murder mystery with a supernatural unexpected twist! At first I didn’t trust Dante, I actually didn’t fully trust him until right at the end! I did not expect the ending at all! I was like hang on! Am I reading this right? I had to go back several pages to re cap!
I have to say I have never ever read a book like this before. It has been the best book I have read since The Hunger Games. I never thought I would get into books like this, a bit far fetched for my poor imagination but I would recommend this to everyone!
I am so excited for the sequel!!!
Oh and Mrs Lynch totally reminded me of Mrs Trunchball from Matilda!!
I rate this 5/5 plus more!!
See Dayna’s review here
Dead Beautiful-Yvonne Woon
Renée finds her parents dead on her sixteenth birthday. The official report is that they both died from a heart attack. Renée doesn’t believe that. It’s too weird-a-coincidence. So what happened? Why has her grandfather-now her legal guardian-enrolled her in Gottfried Academy? A school that is turning out to be very strange indeed. And what secret is the gorgeous and mysterious Dante hiding?
From the first few pages I was gripped. A fantastic and unique story with plenty of mystery, intrigue and romance. I don’t think I could have asked for anything more. I enjoyed it so much and the ending is just…bitter sweet. Yvonne Woon must have done a fair amount of research (that or she is incredibly knowledgeable) in Latin, Philosophy and some other subjects talked about in the book. It just made the story all that more interesting. Dante’s background ended up turning out a lot different to how I had imagined it to be in my head. I love a book that can throw me off course as it goes off completely in the opposite direction.
I have to admit that it did remind me of Twilight in some respects. Not the story as such but just certain things that were said. This is in no way meant as a negative thing, it just made me chuckle at the likeness between the two at times.
Fans of Twilight and The Immortals, I think you guys would especially enjoy this.
Can not wait to read the sequel, “Life Eternal”!
I rate this book 5/5
NB: This book was a review copy sent to me by the publisher.